Professor of Turfgrass Science, Director of Rocky Ford Turfgrass Research Center
Office: 3609 Throckmorton
Area(s) of Specialization:
Turfgrass Science, Golf Course and Sports Turf Operations
Dr. Jack Fry was raised in Overland Park, KS where he first gained interest in horticulture by working in the yard alongside his father. During his undergraduate studies at K-State, Fry decided turfgrass science was the option he wanted to pursue. Later on, he chose to further his knowledge in the same area at the graduate level and attended the University of Maryland (M.S.) and Colorado State University (Ph.D.).
Before returning to Kansas State University, Dr. Fry served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Louisiana State University from 1987-1991. Beginning in 1991, Fry began his very successful career at K-State. His many accomplishments include serving as an advisor for numerous M.S. and Ph.D. candidates, authoring over 100 scientific publications, and co-authoring the textbook Applied Turfgrass Science and Physiology. In addition to his academic achievements, Dr. Fry holds a faculty member position with the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America (GCSAA), presents a seminar at their annual Golf Industry Show and writes a monthly column for Golf Course Management magazine. He also serves as co-advisor with Dr. Steve Keeley of the GCSAA Student Chapter at K-State.
Fry is currently serving a 50% teaching and 50% research contract. Dr. Fry helped spearhead the Golf Course and Sports Turf Operations curriculum. He takes pride in his advising duties, especially assisting those students working on the 6 credit hours of required internships in the Horticulture major.
In his free time, Dr. Fry enjoys cheering on the Wildcats at KSU sporting events, spending time with his children, working in the yard, playing golf, bike riding and fishing.
B.S. Horticulture, Kansas State University, 1982
M.S. Agronomy, University of Maryland, 1984
Ph.D. Turfgrass Management, Colorado State University, 1987
Area of Emphasis
Dr. Fry's research is focused on reducing inputs for turfgrass, including water, fertilizer, and pesticides. In this effort, he has focused his research over the past 10 years on zoysiagrass, a turfgrass that requires fewer inputs. Fry has worked in conjunction with researchers at Texas A&M-Dallas to develop two new zoysiagrass cultivars, Chisholm and KSUZ 0802 (formal name coming soon). These grasses are drought resistant, cold hardy, and require minimal inputs to maintain quality. They are best suited for use in the transition zone of the United States - the area in the middle of the country where growing good turf is difficult.
Chandra, A., J. D. Fry, M. C. Engelke, A. D. Genovesi, B. G. Wherley, J. A. Reinert, S. P. Metz, Q. Zhang and D. Okeyo. 2015. Registration of 'Chisholm' zoysiagrass. 2015. Journal of Plant Registrations 9: 1: 21-26doi:10.3198/jpr2014.04.0020crc
Goldsby, A., D. Bremer, J. Fry, and S. Keeley. 2015. Response and recovery characteristics of Kentucky bluegrass cultivars to extended drought. Crop, Forage, and Turfgrass Management. doi:10.2134/cftm2014.0087
Peterson, K.W., D. Bremer, and J. Fry. 2015. Evaluation of atmometers within urban home microclimates. Crop Sci. 55: 5: 2359-2367 doi:10.2135/cropsci2015.02.0073
Domenghini, J.C., D.J. Bremer, S.J. Keeley, J.D. Fry, C.C. Lavis, and S.J. Thien. 2014. Assessing student learning with surveys and a pre-/post-test in a new online landscape water issues course. Natural Sciences Education 43:109-116.
Fry, J. and J. Kruse. 2014. Applicator and Primo effects on the persistence of painted golf course water hazard and out-of-bounds lines on bermudagrass. Applied Turfgrass Science: DOI 10.2134/ATS-2014-0037-RS.
Peterson, K.W., J.D. Fry, and D.J. Bremer. 2014. Growth responses of Zoysia spp. under tree shade in the Midwestern United States. HortScience 49:1444-1448.
Thompson, C. and J. Fry. 2014. Recovery of 'Chisholm' zoysiagrass recovery after sod harvest as affected simazine and nitrogen fertility. Applied Turfgrass Sci.: DOI 10.2134/ATS-2013-0031-BR.
Thompson, C., J. Fry, M. Kennelly, M. Sousek, and Z. Reicher. 2014. Seasonal timing of glyphosate application influences Poa trivialis control. Applied Turfgrass Sci.: DOI 10.2134/ATS-2013-0044-BR.
Students & Staff
|Course #||Title||Semester||Delivery Method|
|HORT 515||Basic Turfgrass Culture||Spring||On Campus|
|HORT 516||Intensive Culture of Golf and Sports Turf||Spring||On Campus|
|HORT 517||Golf Course and Sports Turf Operations||Spring*||On Campus|
|HORT 590||Horticulture Internship||Spring/Fall||On Campus|